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Victor Harbor
3.6(12 reviews)

Victor Harbor, SA 5211

3.6(12 reviews)

Ranked 25th best suburb by locals in Outer Adelaide Region, SA

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"A nostalgic destination with promise"

Located a little more than an hour south of Adelaide, Victor Harbor was the goto tourist destinations 20+ years ago.

This changed with cheap flights and demanding lifestyles, people would rather go overseas and experience life. Victor Harbor still has quite a lot to offer for a small tourist town, but is a shadow of its former past.

Be aware the climate in Victor Harbor does not mimic that of Adelaide not 100km up the road, its often 10C cooler, so the temperature is much more mild with Hot summer days in the mid 30s and a majority in the 20s. During winter temperatures hover around 10C. We also tend to get our fair share of rain, so it can be rather unpredictable. But winter can also offer glorious 20C days, with not a soul in sight and the beach to yourselves.

Houses in Victor can be on the higher side, but given its a coastal town, it offers great value for money compared to other states, the rental market is on the lower side but can barely be supported by the limited job economy of the area; which is comprised of tourism, retail and aged care. But be aware for would-be-renters the demand is high and the homes are limited. Unfortunately many homes in the area have been built anywhere between 30-100 years ago with some never seeing renovation in their lives, but there is some absolute gems out there. Areas such as Hayborough and McCracken have seen more recent developments. The man made lake is fantastic and if you manage to score a property there, think yourself lucky. Some have their own private beaches, the water is clear and pumped in from the sea, and is a treat to kayak down, or swim in during a hot day for those who don't like the ocean directly.

Granite Island was the draw card and was allowed to slip into a state of disrepair, but has since been taken under the wing of Oceanic Victor who provide a tuna diving experience just off the causeway, and now reopened the restaurant with very reasonably priced meals, and a great atmosphere.

Living locally you will have access to a variety of beaches, Hayborough through Goolway offer clean sand beaches with heavier waves more suitable for surfing. Victor Harbor through Encounter bay beaches are throughout winter covered in seagrass which is an important part of the ecosystem and prevents erosion. It does look a little unsightly at times, but the water is clear a shallow and offers lots of opportunity to kayak and swim. There are also a few renown dive sites such as the Bluff which are often visited by SCUBA divers in search of the weedy seadragons.
Throughout the months of December through to March its a major fishing hub, and if you own a boat, the congestion here is legendary so get to the ramp early. They mainly chase Tuna during these seasons but are well open to deep water fish and for larger boats a short trip to KI. The boat ramp is a decent facility however the parking is very limited and poorly designed. Whatever you do, do not park on a verge, and pay for your boat ramp ticket!

The shopping is reasonable, with all major retailers here, including newer Bunnings and Aldi stores opening up in 2018. Coles has a new building being devleoped and Woolworths has a well sized retail premisis in the heart of the town. Online grocery deliver is also an option for those time poor, or with busy working lifestyles.

Victor Harbor is very quiet throughout the year, for business this can be a stretch lacking the tourism footprint that keep them running, a majority of tourism starts early December through January with a few long weekends into the last few warm months of March and April.

There are plenty of primary and secondary schools in the area, however teriary education is limited. But with high speed Fibre to the Home NBN, online external courses through UniSA/Adelaide/Flinders are an option and some do not require you to physically visit the campus except exams. There is the argument there isn't a lot for kids to do down here, but there are plenty of local activities, people just need to use their imagination.

The biggest let down for Victor Harbor is the lack of work, the job market is thin and the variety is limited, many young people move away for further education and for work. The population is heavily weighted towards over 60 and is a retirement town, a statistic that should and needs to change. Also the parking, during summer the road and carparks are a nightmare, the population increases 5-6 times its normal populace.

What never gets old is the walking and riding tracks, there is nothing more peaceful than walking the beach after a day at work, or climbing the bluff first thing in the morning to watch the sunrise, or to walk along the track to Kings Head and watch the crashing waves on the rocks. Or even walking the cuaseway and around Granite Island. The sculptures aren't for me, it's a shame they are not local artists but anything is welcome.

Look for other areas, Hayborough, McCracken, Encounter Bay, they touch eachothers borders and are only a few minutes apart, Encounter Bay is a quiet safe and peaceful area to live, and the view of the bay reminds you why you love living here.

Home is what you make of it, some people will love getting away from hustle and bustle and enjoy the quiet more-country-like lifestyle. Others will hate the lack of nightlife and lack of variety.

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DaveG1

What a fantastic review. Thanks Robert. I found so much information and I am considering moving from outer Melbourne when Ive sold the house. The property in Victor seems excellent value. I dont need work so the employment situation doesnt bother me.

Sonia Capobianco

Not sure how old this is now but assume a bit (speaking of a new Coles). We are considering moving here and this is brilliant. Thank you for such a concise review!

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27th March 2023

"The hub of the Fleurieu"

Victor Harbor has traditionally been the central business hub of the South Coast. Outsiders often confuse Victor Harbor as encompassing the entire region, however Victor Harbor is one town in our region. From West to East there is Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor, McCracken, Hayborough, Chiton, Port Elliot, Middleton, Goolwa suburbs and Currency Creek.
Victor Harbor has a public primary school on the border of McCracken and Victor Harbor and a large public high school that also hosts the Victor Harbor football, netball, tennis and basketball courts.
The central business district is close to the foreshore and can get quite busy through peak holiday periods.
Typically the ocean is quite sheltered in Victor Harbor, with little swell reaching the beach, hence why the local sailing clubrooms are located here. The foreshore precinct is a tourist drawcard with mini golf, carnival rides for holiday periods, huge playground, eateries, restaurants and shops with events and markets held in this area. The bridge across to Granite Island is very popular and people love exploring this small island.
There are a huge amount of local sports available for all ages. Walking trails, bike tracks etc.
There are some beautiful old buildings in the central area and a lot of new housing developments happening (typically small land sizes).
The conveniences of Victor Harbor make this a very desirable place to live.
Climate: Summer typically starts in January and ends in March - expect warm northerly winds and evening sea breezes. Normally it's cooler than Adelaide temps. Autumn is favoured by most locals - temperatures in the low 20's and little wind. Winter is very cold. Expect artic winds and rain (however most locals love this typical 'wintery' season). Spring is stunning with a lot of local flowering vegetation, can get windy and typically still a lot of rain.
The region is stunning and Victor Harbor is a great place to live if you want to be close to everything and it's good to note that you're only an hour to Adelaide.

Carly Schilling, Real Estate Agent, South Coast S.A.

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"Disappointed"

The ocean view is wonderful, however not worth the long drive. The lack of entertainment, shopping, eateries was very disappointing.

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"Very very quiet"

Went there for Mother’s Day 2019. Only one shop was open in Ocean street ( the Main Street) and that was a music shop.

The motel owner was depressed saying how they were struggling for business, and another shop near the ice cream shop was also trying to sell us things at a closing up shop sale.

Over all the area was pretty, but no prettier than anywhere else, with the one difference, most other places have shops open.

Won’t be going back that way again. It was a long drive from Adelaide and Adelaide although also very small, at least had shops open!

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"Good example of bad planning and rude people in cafe."

The main street is dangerous with cars everywhere. Our kids had to run for safety.

The area near the beach along Ocean Street and up to the jetty should be for pedestrians only.

When we mentiined this in one of the dirty cafes we were told to F off.

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robertd15

There is a large foreshore that is entirely for pedestrians near the beach, with a large fenced off playground areas which are very safe for children. It's a shame you didn't appreciate the town, however with an attitude a main street should have no vehicles, you are quite unreasonable.

harrya3

I think the town is known for small town thinking. The Main Street is no wider than a footpath and should be closed to cats.

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"Nothing but closed shops everywhere"

Dissapointing

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"McCracken golfclub Victor Harbor fantastic"

great course

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"Victor Harbor looks run down"

Victor Harbor looks like it needs a makeover. The main street is confusing and cars make it dangerous for young ones.

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"fantastic"

wish we lived here, we loved the beach and the friendliness of everyone.

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victor-s

be pleased you dont.... unless you like the quiet life

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"a beautiful place to be"

a great town with a family friendly atmosphere.
Markets every weekend, beaches and parks with easy access as well as plenty of accomodation.
Couldn't imagine a better family holiday place or an easy and friendly place to live..

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hellot

its crappy. small town with nothing to do for the kids.

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"A thriving coastal town with lots to offer"

Busy Victor Harbor! This thriving seaside town has exploded to become the huge hub of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Just 80 kilometres and about an hour south of Adelaide, Victor Harbor is a tourist hotspot which bustles all year round. Victor Harbor offers a stunning beaches along the magnificent South Coast, and lots of good fishing and boating around the safe and protected Encounter Bay. There are a couple of good golf courses, such as McCracken and Victor Harbor Golf Course.

The climate is mild. Quite cool in winter, and generally sunny in summer with the occasional scorcher of 35 degrees plus.

Victor Harbor has also become a popular retirement destination. There are lots of social activities, including lawn bowls and the local RSL Hall. Subdivisions and retirement villages are rapidly growing.

House prices along the waterfront are absolutely huge, but there is good value just a few streets back. With all of the services, shopping and facilities you need, and easy access around the town, Victor Harbor is a lovely spot to visit, to raise your family or to retire.

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hellot

obviously written by a suck up on the Council

patp2

hello, I'm considering retiring in Victor Harbour. Kindly comment on any Public bus transport moving around "town" and how many hospitals are there (for acute conditions)? Thank you. Wonder where do I get an alert when a kind soul responds? (Judy now in Perth)

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